Glenn Beck’s Programs
Glenn Beck has devoted three hour-long television programs to what he purported to be an exposé of philanthropist George Soros. Beck suggested that Soros, the prominent investor in liberal causes, is an anti-Semite, a perpetrator of Nazi Holocaust horrors, and an inveterate enemy of the State of Israel. The ugliest untruth Beck uttered about Soros was that age 13 he was “a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.”
In truth and fact, George Soros Nazi, born in Budapest in 1930, did not help the Nazis murder Hungarian Jews but fled and hid from them and survived only because his resourceful father misleadingly documented the family ethnic identity. After the Nazi defeat came the postwar Hungarian communist dictatorship established and supported by the Soviets, so Soros again fled for freedom, and by 1956 reached New York, where he made himself wealthy in the free markets as a speculative trader in currencies and securities.
George Soros has used his great wealth to finance pro-democracy initiatives in the Soviet bloc and Third World, the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic, the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, the Rose Revolution in Georgia, and coups in Slovakia, Croatia, and Yugoslavia, all nonviolent movements against communist autocracies, yet Beck’s program pictured him as an evil manipulator seeking to subvert the American republic and establish a totalitarian global state under his domination.
What Beck Said
Beck said “He [Soros] went around confiscating property of Jewish people” because he enjoyed “helping send the Jews to the death camps.” Beck’s critics describe his characterizations of Soros’ wartime conduct as factually incorrect and all wrong.
It is difficult not to protest when hearing Beck accuse Soros of anti-Semitism merely for having survived Europe’s worst genocide during the summer and fall of 1944. Only the luckiest survived; only by false identities, bribery, and deception was survival possible. Raoul Wallenberg, the great Swedish humanitarian, forged passports and bribed Nazis in Budapest.
Glenn Beck’s smear of George Soros perversely twists his experience with the Nazis, echoing the Hungarian far right, which has made those same charges for years, darkly hinting at a global conspiracy. In Hungary, everyone recognizes the anti-Semitic sentiments driving such falsehoods.
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Soros and the Open Society
Beck went on to misrepresent the Soros “Open Society” concept. Beck said “At the London School of Economics Soros learned about open society, a world free of nationalities. It is a global replacement for our republic, for all the work our founders did. We must progress past it. We must have a new world order. It is a replacement for the republic.”
Open Society philosopher Karl Popper, an Austrian classical liberal, had a strong influence on George Soros. Before graduating from the London School of Economics in 1952, Soros studied Popper’s critique of totalitarianism, The Open Society and Its Enemies, which argues that societies flourish only with democratic governance, freedom of speech, diversity of opinion, and protection for individual rights and liberties.
Soros opened his first Open Society office in Budapest in 1984. Others soon opened up all over the Soviet empire. On Soros’ 80th birthday, one celebrant said four stalwarts brought down communism, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and George Soros.
Beck’s Conspiracy Theory
Like The Protocols of Zion, Beck’s presentation of George Soros identifies a malevolent force furtively operating to take control of human history. Accusing Soros of creating a shadow government, Beck says Soros instigated coups abroad and plans to do the same in the United States. What Soros actually has done is support through his Open Society foundations democracy movements.
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